Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 06:00 am
Rocky View County (RVC) council voted to refuse a redesignation application on land located east of Calgary, at the southwest junction of Township Road 252 and Conrich Road. The redesignation would have facilitated the development of a truck and trailer storage facility on an 11.4-acre parcel with an 11.63-acre remainder – in an area that is not identified for industrial uses.
“The proposed storage facility would operate on the western portion of the land and accommodate a maximum of 370 vehicles,” said RVC planner Xin Deng. “Traffic, noise and dust generated from the business would have adverse impact on adjacent agricultural operations and residential lands.”
According to administration’s report, this application was initially received in 2012, but was unable to proceed for council consideration until a Traffic Impact Assessment and a revised site plan were submitted in January. Deng added a similar application was refused by council in September 2016, which would have seen an RV storage facility developed on an adjacent section of land to the west.
“This does actually border on our proposed (Conrich) Area Structure Plan (ASP), and where it borders is highly business/industrial,” said Coun. Eric Lowther. “(The applicant) addressed many of the concerns I had going into this, and they’ve done a broad distribution and have nothing but support from surrounding landowners.”
Area Councillor Deputy Reeve Earl Solberg’s motion to approve the application failed by a vote of 4-5, with councillors Liz Breakey, Jerry Arshinoff, Margaret Bahcheli, Bruce Kendall and Reeve Greg Boehlke in opposition.
“If we’re going to start leap-frogging outside of those areas that were contained within the ASP to encourage industrial development, I think it’s a huge mistake and really attacks the credibility of this county, this administration, this council, as to what our intents are, and our ability to stick to documents we have painstakingly developed over time,” Kendall said.
Council approved a redesignation to support a small agricultural business operation west of Airdrie. The land is located south of Highway 567, immediately east of Range Road 22, and is primarily used for grain and canola production. A previous application was refused by council as it did not contain sufficient rationale for the development of the land.
“The applicant proposes greenhouse farming to grow hydroponic lettuce to promote locally grown vegetables,” said Deng. “A business plan and supporting information for the proposed business were submitted.”
The redesignation was approved 8-1, with opposition from Arshinoff, and will allow for the creation of a 33-acre parcel with a 107.06-acre remainder.
Council unanimously approved reserve bids for the 2017 tax recovery sale, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on April 21 for properties that are three years in arrears. Reserve bids are “as close as reasonably possible to the market value” of each parcel, according to Barry Woods, RVC’s manager of financial services.
“This tax sale will only proceed if the outstanding arrears as of Dec. 31, 2016 for any of these properties remain unpaid as of April 21,” Woods said.